He’s Familiar With The AFC North
Hue Jackson knows what it takes to win the AFC North. Prior to landing the Browns’ gig, Jackson was an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens from 2008-2009 prior to be becoming head coach of the Raiders, and later, the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.
Counting a prior stint in Cincinnati, Jackson’s worked nine years in the AFC North. He knows Lake Erie’s arctic air. He knows how frigid the field turf can get in Cincinnati. He knows how difficult it is to win a December game in Pittsburgh.
The past two seasons, Jackson has coached the Bengals offense into the AFC Playoffs, although the franchise has yet to win a postseason contest under their head coach, Marvin Lewis.
For what it’s worth, Jackson took an inexperienced A.J. McCarron into the NFL Wildcard Weekend and had a late fourth-quarter lead against the Steelers.
While McCarron wasn’t a world beater, he exhibited poise, and didn’t get rattled. That speaks to coaching.
Stupid mistakes by the Bengals’ defense ended up costing Cincinnati the contest.
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